The Corretto is the crowning achievement of Baum Cycles, and possibly the finest bespoke performance road bicycle in existence. A result of exhaustive testing and minute fine-tuning, it’s one of the few truly custom bikes in the world, from the manipulation of the titanium tubeset used in its construction, to the geometry of the frameset mated precisely to the rider’s individual style, to the legendary paint quality Baum’s reputation is built on. Self-expression is at the core of every Corretto, and as a bicycle it’s skillset is as broad as it is specific, from Grand Tours to Gran Fondos. The Baum Corretto is a shining example of our core doctrine. In a world cluttered by ubiquitous carbon engineered for the mean average, we found the Corretto to offer the biggest contrast to the five-size bicycle industry norm. This is the frameset professional cyclists lust after when they retire, when they’re no longer constrained by sponsor obligations, carbon schedules, and frames built for common denominators. Don’t believe us? Just ask Cadel Evans.
Baum Cycles builds the finest custom performance road bicycles in the world out of steel and titanium in Geelong, Australia. Baum’s hallmarks are a fanatical attention to detail, extremely personal geometry/frame construction, and second-to-none paint quality. Conceived on Australia’s Great Ocean Road and carefully assembled in Geelong by a former aerospace engineer, Baum, takes custom framebuilding to the absolute limit. Baum externally butts every single titanium tube on their range-topping titanium frames. Every. Single. Tube. Not only does this shear as much weight as possible from the frameset, it also gives Baum the opportunity to tune the ride almost precisely to their individual specifications – for you. Depending on your input, we assist Baum with building the perfect frame for your weight, age, riding style, riding habits, and aspirations as a cyclist. It doesn’t particularly matter who you are, where you are in your riding career, or what kind of shape you’re in – Baum can dial in the exquisite ride of your frame for decades to come. Attention to detail is Baum’s other pillar, beyond just perfect welds at every tube junction. Their paint is world-class, and like all other aspects of Baum’s manufacturing process (from dropouts to headtubes), done completely in-house. Every logo and minute, intricate facet of the bike’s patina is painted, with decals totally eschewed. The insides of the tubesets, an area no one save the builder will ever see, is perfectly clean. Even the bottom bracket threading is a work of precision art, with just enough perfectly-faced threads for a bottom bracket – no more, no less.Read More Less
The RT-1 and GT-1 road and gravel bikes are quintessentially titanium, quintessentially American, and quintessential workhorses of the cycling world. Designed to conquer the rugged Colorado Front Range, their minimalist styling belies the racing soul that powers every Mosaic. Built with immaculate welds, both are custom-butted for the rider, and whether it’s the local criterium, gravel romp, or Dirty Kanza, Mosaic’s flagship titanium bikes are up to the task for a lifetime.
Born in the US cycling hotbed of Boulder, Colorado, Mosaic Cycles is a pinnacle of American handbuilt steel and titanium. Their range of custom, purpose-built racing machines are both incredibly finished and attainable, a testament to the sustainability of domestic framebuilding. Founded by former Dean head welder Aaron Barchek, Mosaic strives for excellence in everything they produce, whether it’s their signature raw Ti bikes, or with their new in-house paint facility. With their full staff testing their creations on the pavement, trails, and fire roads of the Rockies, Mosaic practices what they preach on a daily basis. Just as well, their essentially-American DIY mentality, professionalism, and commitment to rapid delivery dates makes them an ideal partner when it comes to building fully-custom bicycles.Read More Less
The legendary Responsorium is Pegoretti’s most popular bike, and with good reason. Built from (literally) timeless Columbus XCr stainless steel tubing and oversized D11 headtube, it has hardcore racer mannerisms with the comfort of an all-day Grand Tour bike. With any of Dario’s timeless paint options available, including the original “Surprise Me”, Ciavete, any Responsorium (and any Pegoretti, for that matter) is an instant classic, an heirloom piece to be treasured for decades to come.
What else is there to say? Pegoretti Cicli, the nom de plume of the legendary Dario Pegoretti, is a framebuilder without peer. Over his four decade-long career, Dario has built more bicycle frames for Grand Tour winners than anyone else. The pioneer of TIG welding in cycling, his contribution to geometry theory and material usage in the progression of road bicycles over the last half-decade is without peer. While Pegoretti has been a truetechnical trailblazer of the craft, his paintwork has been lauded as the exemplification of art in cycling, and many of his frames are bought as artworks, belying the true racing heritage of the brand. The epitome of cool, Pegoretti frames are both timeless racing frames and visually stunning as art.Read More Less
When OPEN heralded its arrival with a superlight hardtail, the ONE, in 2012, the bike world (mostly) yawned. Then, when the UP all-road bike arrived in 2015, a shift happened. The upstart brand, brainchild of two industry veterans, helped completely change the way the industry thought about road bikes, with wide tires, disc brakes, and thru-axles suddenly becoming normal. The UP is still one of the most versatile gravel, adventure, or even road platforms available today, capable of tackling an extreme swath of terrain and events, and its ultralight UPPER sibling ups the ante in the performance arena.
Born in Switzerland, Open Cycle is the collaboration of former BMC general manager Andy Kessler and Cervélo co-founder Gerard Vroomen. Born out of a desire to simplify, Open’s disruptive designs continue to shift perceptions on what bikes are capable of and where they can take the rider, with the award-winning UP setting the bar to which all other “mixed-surface” bikes are measured. Open’s small size, lean methodology, and innovative mindset allows it to pivot on a dime, with many prescient concepts arriving before their time, like disc brakes on drop-bar bikes, and manipulating carbon tube shapes to make their extreme ideas geometrically possible.Read More Less
One of Italy’s last great free-standing bicycle companies, Treviso-based Pinarello is the epitome of Italian panache. The legendary Dogma has won the last five of six Tours de France with Team Sky, reinforcing Pinarello’s standing as one of the first names in professional cycling.Read More Less